Many people are enjoying living a life with dental implants, and problems with this form of treatment are very rare.

This blog post is dedicated to helping you avoid many of the problems associated with dental implants, and if you follow these instructions you are sure to enjoy your dental implants for many years to come.

Broken dental implants.

Dental implants themselves very rarely break, the most common element which has any form of problem is usually the dental crown, which is the part of the dental implant that you see in your mouth every day.

A dental implant is generally made up of four components, the implant itself which goes into your bone, the implant abutment which attaches to the top of the implant and forms a stump upon which we make dental crown, the implant screw which attaches the abutment to the implant and finally the dental crown which is often placed over the top.

Modern dental crowns are very strong indeed, however you do need to be aware that they are not your natural teeth and can fracture. Whilst the material, in some cases, may actually be stronger than natural teeth, dental implants do not have any nerves. This means that you do not get the same sensation when biting with dental implants, the result of this is that your muscles are not quite so aware of how hard you are biting down on something.

With natural teeth your muscles would relax and you would stop, however with dental implants and without this feedback from the nerves your muscles tend to bite down much harder than they would with natural teeth.

So long as you are aware of this you can avoid biting too hard and your dental crown will last many years.

Dental implant infection.

This is caused by poor oral hygiene and not looking after your gums properly. Red, puffy, swollen or bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease. If this is allowed to continue the inflammation can spread to the bone, if this happens on natural teeth the resulting condition is called periodontitis and if it is around an implant it is called peri-implantitis.

This is an infection of the bone surrounding your implant, and if not treated can result in the implant becoming unstable and finally lost. The good news is that this is extremely rare as most patients that have dental implants are routinely seen by their dentist who can help them maintain their oral hygiene.

Craigentinny dental practice in Edinburgh have many years experience looking after the local people and helping them replace their missing teeth with dental implants. This helps avoid the common problems associated with dental implants.

Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.